Celebrate National Poetry Month

Book cover image of Newspaper BlackoutWe've all written poems, whether we admit to it or not: the good, the bad, and the painfully bad.

I grew up reading (good) poetry and writing (painfully bad) poetry; if I could read anything silly by Shel Silverstein, I was happy.  As I studied English in high school and college, I gained an appreciation for Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anne Sexton, Mary Oliver, and Louise Gluck, to name a few.  (Go here to learn about these and more great poets.) 

As I browsed our shelves this week, taking down books by unfamiliar poets, I let them fall open to a page and discovered new, beautiful poems.  I bet you can do the same by browsing the 811s on the shelf at your local neighborhood library. Below is just a tiny handful of great poetry books you can check out from the DC Public Library collection:

  • Book cover image of ThrallEvery Thing On It by Shel Silverstein - a posthumous collection of his previously unpublished work.
  • You & Yours by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon - think you could do better? Try making your own blackout poems at home!
  • Children of Apartness by Elaine Upton
  • Thrall by Natasha Trethewey - if you want to be in the know, try reading something by the current Poet Laureate of the United States.